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Brooks MCA President in a Year of Change

Saturday Jun 02 2007

June 2, 2007: By Resby Coutts

Dale Brooks of Hamiota has assumed the presidency of the Manitoba Curling Association. The handover from outgoing president Mitchell Tarapasky took place at the 2007 Annual General Meeting June 2 in Hamiota. Brooks will serve as MCA President in a year that will be highlighted by the Tim Hortons Brier in 2008 and by preparations for major change in the format of the venerable MCA Men's bonspiel. Numerous other changes approved at the June 2 meeting will also be implemented in Brooks' term of office.
Although there were female presidents of the former Manitoba Ladies Curling Association from Brandon and Dauphin, Brooks is the first male from any community west of #10 highway to serve as President in the 119 year history of curling in the province.
Looking forward to his year ahead, Brooks noted the opportunity presented by the 2008 Tim Horton?s Brier in Winnipeg. ?Our challenge is to turn the excitement around the Brier into people in our curling clubs,? Brooks said.
Among other priorities, Brooks emphasized the establishment of a strong and effective Finance committee and attention to the Association?s strategic priorities as keys to the future.
Click READ MORE for a complete listing of the recommendations and report highlights from the June 2 MCA Annual Meeting in Hamiota.
The A.G. M received the final reports of the 2006-2007 MCA committees as well as dealing with a number of items of new business. Highlights among the recommendations accepted for implementation included:
* Manitoba Curling Tour Championship Provincial Berth will now go to the highest finishing eligible team.

*A major overhaul of the MCA Men?s Bonspiel will take place with the 2009 event. This will include a reduction to a six game guarantee, creating a shorter event for the competitors.
* A change to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Berth Bonspiel to a triple knock-out format.
* A return to the former provincial championship format of conducting the Skill-Based Ranking at the conclusion of the pre-event practice (at the 16-team round robin championships)
* The MCA Capital Fund will be re-named the MCA Development Fund and will earmarked to provide grants for a range of development projects rather than low-interest loans for capital improvements as was the original mandate.
Buried among the 152 pages of reports ? plus a few verbal reports ? presented to the June 2 Annual Meeting of the Manitoba Curling Association were a host of recommendation that will be of interest to curlers and curling volunteers across Manitoba. As is the standard operating procedure of the Association, adoption of the reports means approval of the recommendations included therein.
While many of the reports and recommendations are of a house-keeping or procedural nature, some of the highlights are outlined below.
** MCA MEN?S BONSPIEL (no changes in 2008). A major overhaul of the MCA Men?s Bonspiel will take place with the 2009 event. The following were included in a comprehensive MCA Bonspiel Review Report.
> Format - Reduction to a six game guarantee, creating a two-day shorter event for the competitors
> Format - All games in all events will be 8 ends
> Format - Teams will start in only one main event and split into two event streams as they lose their game in that event.
> Format - A total of 13 events will continue.
> Financial ? Entry fee for the 2009 bonspiel will be dropped to $250 to reflect the reduction in games guaranteed. This will be an early-bird fee which will go back up to $280 for entries after mid-december.
> Financial ? Hotel/Facilities proposal will be solicited to develop more competitive pricing for bonspiel operations and curler accommodations
> Financial ? A title sponsorship package will be developed and sponsorship values for all sponsorships will be reviewed
> Prizes ? Team of the Day and related participation prizes will be re-introduced
> Prizes ? Prize values and type will be reviewed for 2009.
> Marketing ? the existing MCA poster will be re-designed and marketing efforts will be expanded, focusing on the MCA as ?the world?s largest bonspiel?.
> Marketing ? a line of bonspiel merchandise will be developed and promoted
> Hospitality ? A secondary social venue, modeled on the popular ?Brier Patch? idea, will be implemented
> Administration ? A bonspiel committee made up of reps from both the MCA and the participating clubs will plan and operate the bonspiel
> Administration ? over the next 3 years, per-sheet ice rental paid to curling clubs will increase by $5.50. The total for 2010 will be $20.00
> Media ? efforts will be expanded in 2008 to provide proper and adequate resources needed by members of the media covering the bonspiel
> Media ? MCA website coverage of the bonspiel will be expanded, including working toward an on-line draw.
> Safeway Berths ? there will be no change in 2008 and nor formal recommendation was made how the championship berths will be awarded in the new format in 2009. Further consideration is required but might include the single main event plus teams playing in events with only one loss.
** MANITOBA CURLING TOUR (Men) ? The provincial championship berth will now be awarded to the highest finishing eligible team. A meeting of MCA, MCT and Winnipeg Clubs Association is considered necessary to resolve scheduling issues for the 2007 MCT Championships.
** The SCOTTIES TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS BERTH BONSPIEL will change to a triple knock-out format (effective 2007)
** MCA WOMEN?S BONSPIEL format will change to include a last-chance ?berth eligible teams only? competition (effective 2008-09 season).
** The MCA CRESTING POLICY will be applied to all competitive divisions of the Youth Jamboree
** The PAIRED ZONE concept, introduced a year to deal with the issues of zero or one entry in a zone playoff, will be amended slightly to improve effectiveness
** PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP SITES for the next two years are:
Safeway Championship ?08-Brandon, ?09-Portage
Scotties Tournament of Hearts ?08-Gimli, ?09-Neepawa
Target Junior Men ?08-West Kildonan, ?09-Heather
Target Junior Women ?08-Stonewall, ?09-Heather
Strathcona Senior Men ?08-Beausejour, ?09-Carman
Mondetta Senior Women ?08-Swan River, ?09-Selkirk
MNP Mixed ?08-East St Paul, ?09-Rivers
MB Credit Unions Masters Men ?08-Teulon, ?09-Minnedosa
MB Credit Unions Masters Women ?08-Swan Lake , ?09-TBA
** The SKILL-BASED RANKING at the 16-team round robin championships, for 2007-2008, will be returned to the former provincial championship format of conducting the Skill-Based Ranking at the conclusion of the pre-event practice.
** The FINANCIAL REPORTS show MCA revenues for the 2006-07 year were $915,849.00 ($31,202 over budget) while total expenses were $1,024,809.00 ($107,545.00 over budget).
> The MCA budget for 2007-2008 projects a budget deficit of approximately $15,300.00.
> Under the MCA?s Partnership Bingo program, where Winnipeg clubs work bingos on behalf of more remote club and share the revenue, the sharing ratio has been changed to $650 for the working club and $350 for the club ?worked for?.
> The MCA Capital Fund will be re-named the MCA Development Fund and will be earmarked to provide grants for a range of development projects rather than low-interest loans for capital improvements as was the original mandate. The existing fund of approximately $400,000 will be dedicated to co-fund club projects and to fund one-time Association development initiatives.
> The Children?s Fitness Tax Credit is applicable to curling so family expenses such as Junior Curling Camp are deductible in the 2007 tax year.



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